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Engage gross motor skills and have some fun with this simple balance beam toddler color match game. Walk the balance beam and get matching!
This simple balance beam game will help your toddler learn colors plus engage those gross motor skills!
You can do this inside or outside, so mix it up to suit your taste.
Gross motor play is the building block for childhood development.
Strong gross motor skills support fine motor skills and even cognition. In fact, research even points to motor development as a crucial part of cognitive function.
Why is this great news? Because kids, especially toddlers, love to move!
You can feel confident as a parent knowing that any time you include movement in an activity you’re not only getting their wiggles out. You’re also supporting their development!
Try these nine awesome ideas for an obstacle course for kids for more motor skills fun!
That’s why I love this simple balance beam toddler game we came up with.
It combines gross motor, fine motor, and cognitive challenges that your toddler will love!
Again, you can do this activity outside or inside, depending on what you have on hand.
First, set up your balance beam.
I marked the midpoint with painter’s tape.
Next, I set up buckets for various colors.
If you have a set of colorful bowls or buckets use them! Or you can clip colored paper to buckets or bowls to mark the color.
Then collect various items for each color.
Let your toddler help collect items from around the house or yard!
If you want to do this activity outdoors, check out this simple wood balance beam for toddlers you can set up in minutes!
Let your toddler stand on the midpoint mark on the balance beam.
One at a time, hand her an object.
Show them how to carry the object carefully across the balance beam.
Don’t fall off!
They can place the object in the correct colored bucket.
It’s that simple!
Repeat until all the objects are in their correct buckets.
For more color matching fun, try this low-prep color matching clothespin game for toddlers.
The best part of simple activities is that they leave room for you to extend and create new ideas!
Start with the simple color match balance beam activity. Then explore new ideas as a family to boost those gross motor and cognitive skills!
Would your toddler love this simple balance beam activity? What are your favorite ways to use gross motor play objects like balance beams in your child’s activities?
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